January 25, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
How I Learned to Write – January 25th, 2017
This year I thought that I would start a new blog feature for those readers who have thought about writing, whether in the romance genre or any genre for that matter. They will be posted every other Wednesday for the remainder of the year. Here is the first of those blogs. If you have questions or need more information, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Like every good story, you have to start at the beginning.
Learning to write is as hard as putting down words on paper. For every writer out there, there is an opinion on how to become a writer. This and upcoming blogs aren’t advice or a step-by-step outline on how to study the art of writing, but what resources have helped me over the years and continue to help me to this day. They aren’t the end-all, be-all on how to be a writer, but they are a start to understanding the fundamentals of writing.
Back in the early 2000’s, I had no idea how to go about writing a romance book. Luckily, I found a site that allowed you to explore different aspects of romance writing, including how to start a book (or the hook as some call it), the difference between conflict and imagined plot devices, and how to create believable characters that readers will love.
On the site, there is a blog with author advice, what agents and editors are looking for in a book, and writer’s workshops. The site helps you connect directly with authors and editors of Harlequin romances and is an invaluable tool for writers. They also have a contest to find the next Harlequin romance author. Yearly, you can submit a book for prizes, recognition, and the possibility of getting your book published through Harlequin.
This is a great place to start if you are looking into becoming a romance author.
The ultimate and most detailed guide to becoming an author starts with K.M. Weiland’s website, Helping Writers Become Authors.
On top of her website, K.M. Weiland has a Podcast, a YouTube Channel, and several writing books and workbooks on Amazon. She has detailed (and I mean detailed) information on how to write a complete outline of your book, how to develop your ideas into a full-length book, how to plot your book (not only major plot points, but the building blocks of each scene), how to develop a character arc that moves along with your plot points, and common problems that authors experience when writing. She gives examples of everything she is talking about and even has a story structure database that plots out famous books and movies.
And what’s perfect about the site is that it’s free. You can sign up for her newsletter for a chance to win free ebooks on the writing craft. But I have to say that her advice alone is worth signing up.
There is a lot of information that is on this site, but if you take your time and work through it, I believe that K.M. Weiland will teach you close to everything you need to know about the craft of writing.
In the coming weeks and months, I will be posting more detailed information and infographics that have helped me through my writing journey. The two sites above are a great resource and I hope that you find them as helpful as I have.
And now for the best advice I’ve ever received about writing!